Self help is about finding wholeness on your terms. It’s an important part of any life as we each explore answers to our day to day challenges. Self-help, in theory, means becoming your own healer. In practice, help isn’t only healing: help includes finding assistance and learning how to be in control of your life.
There is more to self help than you might expect!
Healing with Self Help
Understand healing isn’t treatment! Treatment is just a tool for healing.
Healing is the process of becoming whole.
Modern culture has confused healing to only be about treatments.
Self help is incredibly important today because we all too often get lost in the numbers. As the health industry gets more disconnected and pushes people into being numbers, we have to take the time to be our own advocate. The health industry is acceptable when dealing with everyday problems but sucks at helping those who fall outside normal problems. Once you are outside the standard problems, the modern health industry doesn’t know how to deal with you with grace. Sadly people often get hurt by the health industry because they get thrown into the wrong box, the wrong category of illness and then receive the wrong treatment.
It’s truly critical and important to keep track of your baseline and health status. You have to protect yourself. I remember going to a doctor to get a wart removed from my nose only for him to take a different bump off and he missed doing the wart altogether.
So self-help is good, right? Well, you have to remember we can be blind to our problems and can have biases that cause us to place ourselves in the wrong category of a challenge to be also solved.
We need a balance in working with self help. We need both to be able to help ourselves and use appropriate expert assistance.